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Pleasanton CA

Updated on February 9, 2013

Welcome to Pleasanton, CA

Drive east from San Francisco and over the Hayward Hills, and as you descend into the valley below, you will find Pleasanton. What was once a small town has grown into a thriving, affluent community. Its modern business park houses big buildings and big-name companies like Oracle and Robert Half, but the quaint downtown area with his early 20th-century architecture still harks back to an earlier era. Pleasanton's biggest claim to fame today may be as the home of former coach and NFL commentator John Madden, but it also once served as the background for the movie "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and silent movies by Charlie Chaplin. We hope you enjoy this lens about Pleasanton.

Where the Heck is Pleasanton, CA? - Well, it's close to better-known places like San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley

Unless you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you've probably never heard of Pleasanton. And even if you do live in the Bay Area, you may only know it's "somewhere in the East Bay" because everything east of Oakland can get a little fuzzy for the big city and peninsula folks. But suburbanites who schlep to The City on BART every day will correctly recognize it as the final destination on the BART line heading east over the Hayward Hills. Here it is!

Here's Pleasanton!:
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Pleasanton: Home of the Alameda County Fair

Pleasanton plays host to the Alameda County Fair each June. The fair kicks off every year with a parade through downtown Main Street. Then its 17 days of fun for all, with live entertainment, animal auctions, horse racing, a carnival midway, food, vendors and local arts and crafts exhibits. For more information, visit the Alameda County Fair online.

Pleasanton - Home of the Scottish Highland Games

The largest Scottish Games in the U.S.

Scottish Highland games are a way of passing traditional culture from one generation to the next. They're also a lot of fun! The Caledonian Club of San Francisco hosts the largest games in the U.S. every Labor Day weekend at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. These are the highlights of the games:

- Athletic Heavy Events

- Piping and Drumming

- Highland Dancing Competition and Performances

- Celtic Country Dancing Music

- Sheep Dog Trials

- Birds of Prey Exhibits and Demonstrations

- Musical Entertainment

- Historical Re-Enactments

- The Kilted Mile Race

- Highland Cattle

- The Clydesdales

The Late, Late Show Monologue on Pleasanton - Craig Ferguson pokes fun at our fair city

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      7 years ago

      Love Pleasanton Main Street downtown area.

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      10 years ago

      I spent a great deal of time in Pleasanton when I lived in California...many wonderful memories.. 5*s

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      10 years ago

      Lived in Pleasanton a while back. Took the 92 to San Mateo. Gotta say it wasn't as bad as the 101.

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      10 years ago

      I grew up in Livermore, but lived in Pleasanton for a couple of years. The downtown area is my favorite, especially when there's a farmers' market or festival. I always run into people I know. Nicely done, and lensrolled to my Livermore lens.

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      11 years ago

      Never been there but sounds like a nice place. Welcome to G Rated Lense Factory


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